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Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gastank

I am in the process of plumping in a complete new fuel delivery systems for my 4.0L injected motor. I want to put a hatch cover in the bed of my CJ8 so I have access to the sending unit in my 15 gallon steel tank. Anyone have any ideas or picture for a hatch cover that I could get my hand through so I could take out the sending unit instead of always having to drop the tank?

Lastly, during my last move, I missed placed all the fasteners/bolts to hold up the CJ gas tank. Would anyone be so kind and tell me what type and size fasteners I need to acquire? Thanks for your time and ideas, ----Duane
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gas

The access cover is a good idea....I was going to do that if I had put my fuel pump in the tank. Just make sure you don't make the access cover so small that it's hare do pull the sending unit.

As for bolts....I think the rear nuts are 5/16" and in the front, use anything that fits.....
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gas

i have an idea but i havent done it

get a tool box from an earlier cj5 (you can find them new as well from Willys overland and others)... cut and weld the top pannel into the back floor. not sure how the floor ribbing will match up, but hopefully you could get it looking good.

the previous owner did an access cover on my jeep...just a piece of sheet metal and some sheet metal screws...sealed with rtv......looks like crap *grumble*
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gas

I would cut the hatch out from the existing floor and use it as the cover. That way it smacks of OEM! It would take the following: <ul type="square">[*]Cut the flooring[*]Weld a lip to the bottom of the flooring to rest/lock the hatch[*]Weld the newly made hatch with a strengthening lip.[*]Install a locking mechanism (could be as simple as a couple of screws)[*]Affix a hinge to the lips ( I would not want the hatch to be able to be separated from the floor)[*]Prep/prime/paint to match[*]Install weather stripping.[/list]Also, make sure you're not cutting through a floor brace. If you are, that will have to be addressed with a little more fabrication and welding.

I'd also try to cut and taper the ribs on the hatch and the floor down to the lip to make it look better.
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gastank

Id make the access cover 1 of 2 ways.
1st find a jeep and cut the area from the bed slightly larger than the hole you are going to cut. that way the cover fits over the ribs. go to ACE and buy (Im not sure what they are called) it is a female sleeve that you fit into a hole you drill, then run a bolt with a flair tool on it. the sleeve is about $0.20 ea, and the flare tool is about $0.50. used them on my dash and love em. put a beed of sylicone around the edge or use rubber strips to make a gasket. that is the easyest and cheepest way to make an access cover to a place (hopefully youll never need to reaccess. However after replacing my tank and sending unit only to find my sending unit didnt seal, then changing the intank fuel pump on his Grand Cherokee...ALL AUTOS NEED THIS!!!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wall.gif[/img]
2nd How about a billit gas cap cover (like what you put on the side of your jeep) for that matter make one out of dimond plate or brushed aluminum.
3rd just use the method for the 1st idea and just screw it down with self tapping screws.
Id herculine both sides of the cover (to seal it and mach it to the rest of the floor pan)
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gastank

I was actually planning to do the same thing on my rig. I picked up a handful of different size/shape boat hatches off Ebay for cheap.
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gas

http://www.aa-mfg.com/pdshop/shop/item.asp?itemid=878
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Re: Hatch Cover-Gain access to sending unit-CJ gas

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does it say how big it is? ...looks nice!
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